One of the very first aspects of making money online is to have your own website and honestly, there isn’t much you can do without a website.
Most people recommend that you get your own domain name and hosting immediately there is some value to this advice.
However, many people who are starting out want to spend as little money as possible, particularly when they aren’t certain that they are going to make a profit.
There are some free options out there for websites, and while reviews of WordPress are relatively common, I was able to find few Wix website builder reviews.
WordPress might be the big kid on the block, but honestly, I think that if you are considering building a website, it’s important to look at all of the options.
Like WordPress.com, Wix is a website that offers template-based website creation that you can host on the Wix site itself.
One thing I like about Wix is that you can see the templates the site offers right from the start, without actually having to sign up.
Personally, I think this is a big plus because WordPress makes you sign up for the service before you even see the templates – which can be frustrating when you don’t even know if you want to sign up.
In fact, the introductory process for Wix overall is much easier than for WordPress, which I found appealing.
Wix is interesting because it seems like it is going to be the exact same thing as WordPress, but there are some significant differences.
One of the big differences I noticed immediately is that Wix is not as intuitive.
With WordPress, you can pretty much develop your site without much thought or prior knowledge, but with Wix, more effort is definitely involved.
This isn’t really a bad thing because there is a reason why Wix is a bit more complicated.
The significance of Wix is that you can edit pretty much anything on the website, including fonts, backgrounds, where components are placed and the sizing of pretty much anything.
To me, this is amazing, because I’m used to the restrictions of WordPress, where you are really restricted in how much you can change about your site.
Personally, I love this because it means you can make your site look different than anyone else’s if you want to put the time into doing that, or you can just use the template if you want a site made quickly.
Like WordPress, Wix offers a range of plugins (which they call apps). These function to make some parts of site design easier.
Another thing that I particularly liked about Wix was that the site offered a lot of ways to optimize a website for mobile devices, something that WordPress barely touches on.
I loved the ability to manually edit what a website looks like for a computer and for a mobile device independently.
However, the downside is that Wix only considers one size of mobile device, even though there are a number of different sizes available now.
Now, Wix does have paid upgrades to the account, as you can see below.
Many of the upgrades appear to be specifically designed around making money online, including features like shopping carts and vouchers for Google Adwords and different levels of storage and bandwidth.
The biggest downside of Wix as far as I can see is that it doesn’t seem to be possible to transfer a site off Wix onto another domain. This means that if you ever get sick of Wix, you end up losing all of your work, which can certainly be frustrating.
Wix versus Siterubix
If you are trying to earn money through affiliate marketing, Wix is certainly a good choice to go with.
Another alternative is Siterubix, which is a free website service that Wealthy Affiliate offers.
You do have to be a Wealthy Affiliate member to have a Siterubix site, but you can do this with a free membership or a paid one.
The site is hosted on Wealthy Affiliate’s servers, but you do have the option to purchase your own domain and hosting and have the site transferred across.
Like many services, Siterubix uses a WordPress base, which means that you have most of the same website design options (and restrictions) that you would have on a WordPress.com site.
Even though it uses some parts of WordPress, it’s important to note that you can do internet marketing through Siterubix, and this is actually the entire point of the service in the first place.
As a whole, Wealthy Affiliate is a training site for internet marketing.
This means that the site offers a whole lot of support for people, regardless of whether they are experienced in making money online or just getting started.
I have used Wealthy Affiliate extensively, and it is actually a service that I strongly recommend.
In this post I’ve really talked about three services, Wix, WordPress and Siterubix.
Wix and WordPress are similar to one another in many ways, and in most cases you could use one just as easily as the other.
Personally, I think that WordPress is good for a personal blog just because it is so simple, but it isn’t a good idea to try and use it for making money online.
Wix is nice for internet marketing if you want the increased flexibility for website design, but the fact that you have to keep your website on Wix’s servers is a major issue.
Siterubix, on the other hand, gives you the freedom to move your site from Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting to another one, which means that you don’t lose anything if you stop using Siterubix for any reason.
I guess at the end of the day which service is best really depends on what you are wanting from it and whether you plan to move to your own domain or hosting in the future.